Biography of James Miller
Yates County, NY Biographies





Miller, James, was born in Steuben County, N. Y., March 22, 1819, the eldest of five children. Soon after he reached the age of ten years his father died, leaving a farm of fifty acres partly improved, and an ox team. With the assistance of a brother and his mother, James carried on the farm and kept the family together until he attained his maBority. His time was spent alternately on the farm and in the district school during these early years, supplemented by a brief attendance at the Penn Yan Academy. After teaching school for a few terms, and attending an academy and a select school, he entered the academy at Aurora, Cayuga County, in 1842. He then devoted his attention to the lumber and transportation business until 1850, when he assumed the management of the farm on which he now resides. Mr. Miller married, August 31, 1843, Hannah Benedict, whose father owned their present farm, which is Mrs. Miller's birthplace. They have two sons and a daughter, of whom the oldest son died December 21, 1881. The youngest son is now married and has a son and a daughter living. James Miller's daughter graduated from Vassar College in the class of '77. She taught Greek and Latin in the Chambersburg Female College one year and in Vassar College three years. She married Rev. P. W. Dorsey and now lives in Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Miller is a leading farmer and an ardent advocate of the modern methods of agriculture. He is a writer of considerable ability upon agricultural topics, and in this field he has wielded a potent influence. It is safe to say that he doubled the products of the farm he occupies, and in the State at large has, through his teachings, materially increased the average farmer's income.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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